Published: 04:16PM September 25th, 2008
The Gig Harbor and Peninsula high school cross country teams participated in their biggest races so far this season.
Peninsula competed Saturday at the 11th annual Fort Steilacoom Invitational among 52 schools and more than 1,300 athletes.
Gig Harbor competed in the South Whidbey Invitational at South Whidbey High School.
PHS boys third
The Peninsula boys finished third at Fort Steilacoom behind No. 3 Lindbergh (3A) and No. 6 and Tahoma (4A).
Peninsula junior David Lee and junior Chris Borg led the way, finishing 15th and 16th, respectively. Lee finished the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes, 32 seconds, and Borg crossed the line in 16:34 respectively. Both were personal bests.
Other notables included Peninsula’s Ian Hash (48th, 17:18), Doug Dunbar (55th, 17:23), Jon Maurins (58th, 17:24), Keegan Hall (59th, 17:25) and Mik Moore (103rd, 17:59).
PHS girls 11th
The Peninsula girls came in 11th out of 38 teams at Fort Steilacoom.
Freshman Addi Johnson was the Seahawks’ top finisher, placing 13th in 19:57.
Freshman Kristina Cordy ran a time of 21:22 and finished 52nd. Junior Hannah George came in 87th in 22:09.
PHS JV wins race
Peninsula won the boys junior varsity race at Fort Steilacoom, placing all five runners in the top 20 to score 42 points. Lindbergh placed second with 106.
Peninsula junior Joe Vaughn and junior Ben Odmark came in fourth and sixth, respectively, in the field of 176 finishers.
The girls JV finished 10th out of 16 teams in their race. Sophomore Taylor Lindbom was the first Seahawk across the finish line.
Tides varsity fifth
The Gig Harbor boys got out well to start the South Whidbey Invitational and finished fifth as a team with 131 points.
The Tides finished behind Jesuit (No. 5 in 2A), Jackson (No. 2 in 4A), Eisenhower (No. 7 in 4A) and Sehome (No. 1 in 2A).
Gig Harbor junior Conner Peloquin ran an excellent tactical race, maintaining good contact throughout. He finished second in the 3.1-mile run in 15 minutes, 47 seconds.
Gig Harbor freshmen Joe Gagliano and Casey Peloquin competed this week and finished 56th and 76th, respectively.
Other notables included senior Chris Adgar-Beal (12th, 16:24), Robby Uben (16:49) and Spencer Payne (17:03).
Tides girls second
The Gig Harbor girls made a strong move on the hill at the 1-mile mark to challenge Jesuit but finished second with 84 points. Jesuit, ranked second in the Northwest, won with 45 points, followed by Jackson, Eisehower and Sehome.
Gig Harbor’s Cara Saxon and Brittany Kealy each put in solid performances. Saxon finished 17th in 19:37 and Kealy was 19th in 19:40.
Tides senior Alyssa Andrews won the race in a personal-best 18:04.
Andrews ran off the shoulder of the leaders through the top of the hill, where she surged away from the pack and built a big lead coming out of a trail in the woods.
She beat her previous best by 15 seconds.
The Peninsula girls swim team lost a close meet with the Lakes Lancers last week, 95-90, but the Seahawks girls picked up a few state-qualifying times.
Peninsula qualified for state in the 200-yard medley relay, and Seahawks senior Lindsey Marchand made the state cut in the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke.
The Peninsula boys set a record in a match against Bonney Lake on Thursday with a 100-68 win in the Class 3A South Puget Sound League play.
The Seahawks shot even par with six players.
Peninsula team is undefeated at 3-0 overall, 2-0 the 3A SPSL.
The Seahawks girls also beat Bonney Lake, edging the Panthers 61-54.